SWA releases guidance to reduce exposure to ultraviolet radiation

Tuesday, 18 January, 2022

SWA releases guidance to reduce exposure to ultraviolet radiation

Safe Work Australia has developed a fact sheet on the risks of solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure at work. Exposure to solar UVR is a risk for anyone who works outside. Solar UVR is a hazard when working in direct sunlight, and can also be reflected off certain materials, such as concrete, metal, snow and sand, thereby increasing the level of exposure. Raising awareness about the dangers of UVR for those who work outside is important, given the high rate of skin cancer in Australia.

The fact sheet contains information on identifying when UVR exposure may be a hazard and ways to assess and manage the risks associated with exposure. More information about exposure to solar UVR is available in a guide published by Safe Work Australia.

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